Cataract surgery rationing

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31 May 2019
Source: The Royal College of Ophthalmologists

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists has worked with the BMJ on an investigation into the number of rejected referrals for cataract surgery which shows NHS commissioners are ignoring clinical guidelines by rationing access to cataract surgery. Mike Burdon, president of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, who also chaired NICE’s guideline committee, said that it was his mission before he stepped

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Ophthalmologist Lola Solebo recognised for study into the management of avoidable childhood blindness

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30 April 2019
Source: The Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Lola Solebo, NIHR Moorfields BRC and UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, has been awarded The Ulverscroft David Owen Prize by The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and Ulverscroft Foundation for the best piece of research published in paediatric ophthalmology over the past three years. Focusing on congenital and infantile cataract the paper, published in the Lancet, highlights the

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Understanding the cause of irreversible blindness in East Africa

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10 April 2019
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Research into a common eye condition in East Africa which causes irreversible vision loss is receiving vital funding from the eye research charity Fight for Sight, in partnership with The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth). Researchers aim to develop effective treatments for a condition known as Tanzanian Endemic Optic Neuropathy (TEON) based on the results from this study. Forty thousand

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Consultant ophthalmologist Sobha Sivaprasad wins 2019 Nettleship Medal for study highlighting superior alternative to established diabetic retinopathy treatment

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5 April 2019
Source: The Royal College of Ophthalmologists

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) is pleased to announce Sobha Sivaprasad, Consultant Opthalmologist, Moorfields Eye Hospital and Editor of RCOphth’s scientific journal, Eye, as the winner of the 2019 Nettleship Medal after a decade long hiatus for the award. Mr Edward Nettleship was a renowned ophthalmologist known for his work with hereditary eye diseases. In 1901 a fund was

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Eye Clinic Liaison Officers (ECLOs) are vital to supporting patients with sight loss

14 March 2019

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists considers ECLOs as integral to meeting the needs of patients in hospital eye units A recent study published in the BMJ1, with support and funding from the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), has highlighted the continuing importance of Eye Clinic Liaison Officers (ECLO). ECLOs work in hospital eye units at the point of

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Royal College of Ophthalmologists: #makemydatacount – Secure national audit funding to protect patient safety and professional standards

15 February 2019
Source: The Royal College of Ophthalmologists

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists is calling on all those involved in funding and running national clinical audits to support the #makemydatacount campaign. National clinical audits are important to measure how care is being delivered and how medical professionals are delivering that care to the highest standards possible. National audits are developed and continually improved to measure performance and outcomes,

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New RCOphth Workforce Census illustrates the severe shortage of eye doctors in the UK

7 February 2019
Source: The Royal College of Ophthalmologists

A new 2018 census by The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) identifies gaps in recruitment of ophthalmologists and workforce planning amid a predicted 40% increase in demand over the next 20 years. • Over the next two years an extra 230 consultant and 204 Staff and Associate Specialist (SAS) posts are required • 67% of hospital eye units are using

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Joint Venture between the Association of British Dispensing Opticians and The Royal College of Ophthalmologists for RCOphth professional examinations

6 February 2019

  In a joint venture, The Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) and The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) are collaborating to host and deliver the RCOphth Refraction Certificate examination. This is one of four examinations that a trainee ophthalmologist takes in order to achieve the FRCOphth. From 2020 ABDO’s National Resource Centre (NRC) in Birmingham will become the permanent

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RCOphth: Annual Congress 2019 Abstract submission and registration opens on 20th November

13 November 2018
Source: Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Abstract submission and registration   Abstract submission will open on 20 November 2018 and close on 8 January 2019. The guidance notes are available for download. Registration will open in early February 2019. Full details of the RCOpth Congress 2019 are available here

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Royal College of Ophthalmologists publish the results of the 2017 SAS Ophthalmologist Workforce Survey.

24 August 2018
Source: Royal College of Ophthalmologists

In 2017, the RCOphth undertook its first national survey of SAS ophthalmologists (Staff and Associate Specialist Ophthalmologists), the results of which are published here. The RCOphth wish to work actively with SAS doctors, their colleagues and external organisations to develop actions for improvement. The survey was sent to 175 SAS doctors from a representative sample of ophthalmology departments in the

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